TCG Anadolu has been floated on 4th May 2019. It is important to note that it is a technical procedure and the official launching of the ship.TCG Anadolu is being constructed on a floating dock and the keel blocks under her hull need to be relocated. She will be taken back to the dock after the keel blogs have been relocated and the construction will continue.The ship was floated 4 days after she suffered a fire. The fire broke out as some isolation material couth fire when welding was done nearby. Although there is no visible damage from the outside, the fire must have been damaged parts of the ship. Since the construction of the ship is continues the repair of the damaged parts won’t be much difficult.
67 years ago today, the Turkish Navy suffered its biggest peacetime casualty when submarine TCG Dumlupınar (ex USS Blower) sunk at Nara point, in Çanakkale Strait.TCG Dumlupınar and her sister boat TCG 1. İnönü were returning from NATO exercise. At 02:15 in the morning, Swedish flagged merchant ship M/V Naboland and TCG Dumlupınar encountered at Nara point, the narrowest and difficult to navigate part of the Strait. The civilian ship hit the submarine at starboard bow, just aft of the forward diving planes. The submarine rolled to port with the force of the impact and sunk immediately. 5 submarines who were at the sail during the collision were the only survivors. The rest of the crew was trapped inside. She sunk to 85 meters.22 sailors trapped in the aft torpedo compartment were able to release the submarine’s sunk buoy. Submarine rescue and salvage ships were rushed from the main naval base in Gölcük after the incident. But all efforts to reach the submarine and rescue the survivors failed cause of very strong water currents and insufficient equipment. All efforts to rescue the trapped man failed.Since that fateful day, on every 4th of April, we remember those that have a watery grave were no rose will grow.
Better Shot of Damages on Turkish Navy's Kemal Reis frigate (MEKO 200TN / class Barbaros) after its collision with Greek Navy's Limnos frigate (Elli class)